Batting with a confidence bordering on arrogance, young Virat Kohli made a mockery of the Sri Lankan total scoring a breath-taking hundred which keeps India’s hopes alive in the Tri-series. Not surprisingly, the 23-year old Kohli, whose 86-ball innings of 133 not out was punctuated by 16 fours and two sixes, went on to describe his knock as his career-best innings.
“It has to be the best innings of my career. The kind of situation we were in, chasing 320 and also we needed a bonus point, so it was a crunch game and to play an innings like that at the right time, I am really, really happy about it,” said Kohli.
Stressing about the importance of the victory for his team, Kohli said that everyone put in their best. “When you have one game to play, you need to give everything and we were able to do that and we can be satisfied,” he said.
“At the break, we decided that we needed a good start to chase that total in 40 overs. We did get a good start and me and Gautam got a crucial 100-run partnership, so that really set the game for us. It’s important to win like that after the sort of tour we’ve had so far in Australia. We will take a lot of positives from this match when we will look back, it was like telling each of us that we can take a bit from this win. It shows this team can play like this at any point of time.”
Kohli also won praise from Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene, who was in awe of his knock. “Virat batted brilliantly. You have to give him credit for the way he handled the middle period. He pretty much scored a boundary every over. I have seen some very good knocks from the opposition in my career and I think Virat’s is one up there. Just the way he handled himself to control the things, he batted beautifully. Can’t take anything away from that,” he said .
Kohli’s 9th ODI century was all about self-belief and confidence. Kohli didn’t need to slog; he pierced the field with great timing and placement. When asked whether his innings was an answer to his critics, Kohli said his effort was more about proving a point to himself.
Courtesy: Times of India